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Scaling Social Media Programs to Maximize Value: What Procurement Professionals Need to Know
Peter Friedman  
10/30/2014   Post a comment
Social media is becoming a critical tool for businesses, but these organizations may need some professional help getting started.
Battery Progress Reality Check: Good & Bad News
Bill Schweber  
10/29/2014   (9) comments
A balanced assessment of battery tech shows solid progress is being made but no real breakthroughs are imminent.
Are Today's Designs Bound by the Constraints of Yesteryear?
Max Maxfield  
10/28/2014   (2) comments
Are there instances of the way in which we design things today being bound by the constraints of yesteryear?
5 Tips for a Streamlined Supply Chain
Jennifer Bosavage  
10/28/2014   (1) comment
Smart and successful supply chains are leveraging a few strategies that allow organizations to get their supply chain to provide high quality for the lowest cost and to collaborate more effectively.
The IoT Ecosystem Meets the Supply Chain
Art Swift  
10/27/2014   (1) comment
The explosion of the Internet of Things market will change the business climate for semiconductor firms and OEMs alike.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
Junko Yoshida  
10/24/2014   Post a comment
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
Infographic: Electronics Consumers Excited by New Tech
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/24/2014   (1) comment
Tablets, smartphones, and laptops are technology table stakes for most American consumers -- so let the buying continue. A recent survey traces plans and wishes for electronic toys.
Reflections on Autonomy & Anonymity (of Cars & People)
Blaine Bateman  
10/23/2014   (9) comments
Inter-car connectivity is bound to skyrocket, but will your privacy prevail?
Wireless Tech & the New Wave of Wearables
Christian DeFeo  
10/23/2014   (10) comments
Watches are just the tip of the iceberg with the explosion of the Internet of Things. Wireless technology and smart design will be a critical part of that growth.
SSD Changes Storage Buying Patterns
Jim O'Reilly  
10/23/2014   (2) comments
Users are tired of expensive storage. The cloud is driving open source, COTS hardware, and a new attitude.
Data Overload: The Challenge of Managing Supply Chain Analytics
Frank Cavallaro  
10/21/2014   (2) comments
Companies know supply chain analytics can yield great insights, but many question how to make sense of the deluge of data.
SaaS Eases Supply Chain Pains
Mary E. Shacklett  
10/20/2014   (2) comments
SaaS comes to the rescue of the global supply chain.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV -- Really?
Jonah McLeod  
10/16/2014   (9) comments
What's driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts' answers range from China's growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product on to eager consumers worldwide.
Biology, Deceit & Security in the Internet of Things
Bernard Murphy  
10/15/2014   (4) comments
Biology-inspired and deceit-based strategies offer new ways to think about defense against Internet of Things (IoT) "pathogens" at a system-level.
UL Supports OEMs in Conflict Mineral Reporting Efforts
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/15/2014   (9) comments
A new offering from UL's Information & Insights (I&I) division hopes to help the industry streamline reporting while increasing compliance around conflict minerals.
3D-Printed Instruments Used in Live Concert
Amy Norcross  
10/13/2014   (8) comments
A professor from Lund University in Sweden "brought the band back together" and hosted a first-of-its-kind concert using only instruments he created with a 3D printer.
Infographic: Startups in the High-Tech Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/10/2014   (8) comments
High-tech startups are critical to the electronics supply chain for innovation and flexibility. Organizations need to look closely at the reality of working with these emerging firms.
Blue LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize
R. Colin Johnson  
10/9/2014   (7) comments
Three Japanese-born researchers (one a professor at UCSB) will share the $1.1 million Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the blue light-emitting diode that has made possible the white solid-state lighting that has obsoleted both incandescent and fluorescent.
Cheap Solar Absorbs Entire Spectrum
R. Colin Johnson  
10/8/2014   (8) comments
Two-step process first absorbs entire spectrum of light from the sun then reradiates it in the infrared spectrum where conventional photovoltaics can turn it into electricity.
Semiwiki Bloggers Misinformed About Foundry Business
Apek Mulay  
10/8/2014   (16) comments
The fabless foundry model, which may make economic sense for many semiconductor manufacturers, may have negative ramifications for the US economy.
Myo: More Muscle for Wearables?
Thomas Claburn  
10/7/2014   (3) comments
Myo armband aspires to become the mouse of the mobile world, but it has a way to go to get there.
Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out?
Bill Schweber  
10/6/2014   (20) comments
How the cycle has turned: Putting an AM radio into a car was a big advance in the 1920s and 1930s. Now, auto vendors are considering eliminating the radio as a standard or even optional feature, due to declining user need and listenership.
Infographic: Past, Present, & Future of IoT
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/3/2014   (10) comments
The Internet of Things is set to grow at an astonishing pace. Is the supply chain ready to support the increased demand?
Collaborative Sourcing Reduces Costs & Time
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/2/2014   (10) comments
Procurement departments that throw out the spreadsheets and turn to a collaborative sourcing platform can reap substantial savings.
Missing Datasheet Details Can Cause Problems
Glen Chenier  
10/1/2014   (3) comments
A lack of information on a datasheet lead to system crashes from a hot-swap controller.
3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain: Collaboration, Big Data & Sustainability
Donna Fritz  
10/1/2014   (1) comment
Smart midmarket OEMs are leveraging collaboration, big data, and green/sustainable supply chains to ensure the best results.
Infographic: Emerging Market Growth Depends on Smart Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/26/2014   (25) comments
Emerging markets can be a lucrative target for electronics OEMs, but it's critical to put strong supply chain practices in place to capture the best results.
Design as a Craft, Not a Commodity
Suzanne Deffree  
9/25/2014   (17) comments
Gadi Amit, founder and principal designer of NewDealDesign, discusses his views on the changing world of design as electronics enter the age of wearables and the Internet of Things, as well as his personal perspective in working on the FitBit, the Lytro Camera, and Google's new modular and 3D printed Ara phone.
3D Printers Pursue High Fashion
Rick Merritt  
9/24/2014   (13) comments
Advances in 3D printers hold promise for a clothing and fashion industry stuck in 100-year-old processes, but they still have years of evolution ahead, a Designers of Things event speaker said.
Supply Chain Sustainability: Addressing Transparency in the Metals & Mining Sector
Susan Fourtané  
9/24/2014   (6) comments
Addressing transparency in the metals and mining sector must be a joint effort between supply chains and consumers.
Designing for Wearables: Tremendous Opportunity But Not Without Challenges
Suzanne Deffree  
9/23/2014   (1) comment
The wearables space is wide open and exploding with opportunity, but that does not come without design and sourcing issues -- issues some believe could be alleviated in part by the strength of the maker community and an open-source approach to this segment.
Elastomeric Camouflage Switches Texture & Color
Julien Happich  
9/22/2014   (15) comments
Inspired by nature's most skillful camouflage artists, MIT researchers harness elastomers' ability to change surface texture when voltage is applied to a make a flexible material that simultaneously changes its color and texture on demand.
Consumers Expect Full In-Car Connectivity
Junko Yoshida  
9/19/2014   (9) comments
Drivers worldwide increasingly expect their cars to be "the next connected space," a seamless extension to their already connected homes and offices, according to a global consumer study conducted by GfK.
Infographic: Apple Perfects Global Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/19/2014   (12) comments
The iPhone 6 is more than a just a new product success story. It offers an example of an electronics supply chain that spreads across the globe and has the potential for economic change.
Apple Watch & the Dark Side of Wearables
E. Kelly Fitsimmons  
9/17/2014   (7) comments
Apple Watch and iPhone 6 provide two more powerful platforms to do things like record our voices with little disclosure. Customers deserve better.
ROW Spells Next Big Thing
Rick Merritt  
9/16/2014   Post a comment
Emerging markets are the next big thing for an electronics industry hungry for growth and innovation both in supply and demand.
Slideshow: Where Have All the Tech Women Gone?
Susan Fourtané  
9/16/2014   (31) comments
Unfortunately, in the 21st century, the technology world remains dominated by men. Tech giants from LinkedIn to Intel grade their own paper on gender equality.
Investing in European Electronics
Logical Link  
9/15/2014   (1) comment
The European Union is pushing to build a presence in world electronics. It's a start, but more innovation and effort are still needed.
Moore's Law Has No End in Sight
R. Colin Johnson  
9/12/2014   (3) comments
Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies.
iPhone Tech Evolves & Thrives: Infographic
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/12/2014   (8) comments
A look at the trajectory of the iPhone shows consistent growth and a track record for innovation. Now, let's talk about how the electronics supply chain will shift along with changes in consumer electronics.
Winged Parcel Delivery: Google's Way
Julien Happich  
9/11/2014   (1) comment
While there is still debate about if legislation would ever allow swarms of commercial drones to fly over our heads, Google recently unveiled some details of its own drone-based delivery project, named Project Wing.
Apple Smart Watch Assault Good News for the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
9/11/2014   (1) comment
Consumers are atwitter about the newest product offerings from Apple, but it may be even better news for the electronics supply chain.
Turn the Supply Chain Into an Information Highway
Mathieu Guerville  
9/11/2014   (3) comments
Information is power, but only if it's readily available and usable. To create sustainable products and to improve business results, it's critical to share information across the breadth of the supply chain.
Apple Watch: Smart But Not Smart Enough
Brian Dipert  
9/10/2014   (5) comments
Apple's design may normally be smart, but it has to be even smarter as its Watch enters the hot and increasingly crowded wearables market.
Apple iPhone 6 Analysis
Brian Dipert  
9/9/2014   (17) comments
Inevitable leaks provided clues for the new iPhone 6, but now we can see what made it into Apple's latest smartphone.
Next Level of Location Awareness
Sally Ward-Foxton  
9/9/2014   (9) comments
Apple's iBeacon is set to drive a new level of proximity-based services in smartphones and other mobile devices.
Tracing the Future of the Smart Device Market
Ken Neusaenger  
9/8/2014   (17) comments
The consumer electronics market is quickly evolving, with new and better devices hitting the hands of consumers. The semiconductor supply chain has to consider how these shifts will likely hit the high-end OEM customer.
Smart Shirts Take the Court at US Open
Amy Norcross  
9/5/2014   (16) comments
Ralph Lauren has teamed up with the Canadian technology firm OMsignal to produce a smart shirt featuring real-time biometric tracking capabilities that debuted at the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships.
The Internet of Things: Revolution or Anarchy?
Tam Harbert  
8/22/2014   (8) comments
While there are wildly differing predictions about how many "things" will be connected to the Internet, all of them say it will be an enormous number.
Google Set to Kick-Start the Driverless Car Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
8/1/2014   (28) comments
Not satisfied with just doing the tech research, Google is backing industry groups and promotional efforts to get driverless cars adopted sooner rather than later.
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